Biased Elections

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Elections remains a good choice to designate a leader, when free from any influences. People would vote for a person who represent their interest, in an ideal world. These people should be the majority,  in a democratic paradise. Today, in the real world elections have become biased, they serve the richest minority’s interest, elected people only represent themselves and money clouds voting. Let me discuss here two examples illustrating these points.

Cambridge Analytica stole data from more than 60.000.000 facebook users during the last american presidential election. Trump’s team used these information to surgically target voters and focus their interests on certain points like sponsored ads. By the way, Ted Cruz’s team also had access to these data but used them less cleverly. Trump used this data in two ways: 1) to carve a message to raise interest 2) to target people who can be most influenced. A channel 4 news TV series highlights this scandal. But the problem spread further than the USA.

The French justice system thinks that Nicolas Sarkozy received money from Muammar Gaddafi during his 2008 campaign to run for presidency. Nicolas Sarkozy stayed 48 hours in custody regarding this matter. His team received 50.000.000 while one can only legally spend at maximum 21 millions to sponsor a French presidential election campaign. A member from his team rented a secured vault that can host a man to store this money in cash. France elected Sarkozy in 2008 and it would be naive to say that the money was foreign to the result.

Two people who may have tipped the result of an election. Romain Cazé CC-BY.

One can corrupt a random choice only in its very beginning. The one and only way consists in rigging the draw. In theory this may seem detrimental but in practise it produces a resilient mechanism.

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